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Imperial Stout - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 48
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 02-08-2006

23°P,75 IBU.

Ingredients: Maris Otter, Munich, roasted barley, oat, black, and chocolate malt; Columbus and Crystal hops; English ale yeast, and our local Grimstad water.
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Ratings: 809 | Reviews: 503
Photo of Greggy
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black color, decent lacing w/ tan head.

S- Big chocolate and caramel, some nice dark fruit aromas.

T- Nice dry chocolate and coffee. The finish has some caramel, with dark fruit and is overall drying.

M- Smooth feel w/ low carbonation. A little thin for 9%, though.

D- A nice drinkable stout that could get you into trouble because you'll drink it to fast.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this in April and cellared since.

A: Poured like motor oil and looks like it as well. A little bit of dark brown head. Good lacing.

S: Weird nose on this one. Chocolate and anise up front. Some roasted malt behind that and an almost medicinal ointment smell that is sort of there as well. There is also a grassy hop esque smell.

T: Nice big taste up front. Tons of roast, chocolate. Some anise. The hops are holding on as tight as they can but are loosing this battle. Their state of decay produces a nice flavor though. Finishes with some bitterness and a final blast of chocolate.

M: Big full body with a rich and creamy mouthfeel. No complaints.

D:This is a really good beer. I don't remember what I paid and that is probably a good thing. The problem with the Scandinavian beers is the cost. I think they are making some amazing stuff but there are other excellent options closer to home. I would be proud if a local brewery made this beer though.

Photo of Loki
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours jet black and thick. Decent beige head. Good, nothing great, but not bad.

Smell: Strong, roasted malt. Hints of smoke and grease. Also some notes of roasted nuts.

Taste: Black patent and deep roasted malts. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Very subtle notes of dark fruit. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Just a little better than average. Thick and coating but nothing special.

Drinkability: Good. Slightly better than average RIS. However, there are better RIS' for the money.

Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The appearance is pitch black like old motor oil with a thick half inch tan head. Lacing is there for a while but it ends up sinking down.

The aroma is full of chocolate, a small amount of dark fruits, a touch of coffee, and also a very light amount of citrusy hops but they are mostly masked by the roastiness.

The taste is again very chocolate forward with a certain creaminess to it with a bit of dark fruit character midway through. It dries up more towards the end and the roastiness becomes more like coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with an extremely creamy feel that is very soft on the palate.

This is a tasty RIS, not overly complex, but good. I will be looking forward to my bottle of Dark Horizon 1.edition that I have waiting.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance does not surprise. Your standard RIS: black, opaque, with a thin head of light brown and decent lacing.

The smell is quite malty. Some characteristic notes of dark fruit and chocolate, but I'm not getting a lot of complexity.

Tastes more on the nutty side of stouts. I get a little smokiness too; maybe some vanilla. Taste is a bit thin overall, nothing really taking hold.

Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, and creamy.

I'd actually say the less overpowering taste makes for a more drinkable beer. The alcohol is masked well.

A pleasant beer but a bit tame for a RIS, and not entirely worth the price tag.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saw this at Zeno's and was a scared away by the $25 price tag, but had to try it kept calling me name...

Very thick black coloration, with a weird top/side layer of yellow visible when held up to light. A fairly small caramel brown head gets poured, and dissolves almost instantly.

Has a dry smell to it, with little complexity and some alcohol coming through. With warm, some subtle darker fruits become more noticeable; dark grapes and cherries.

Very smooth in taste, regards of the noticeable alcohol. It is very dry upfront with lots of coffee and roasted/burnt malt flavors which lead to a center/ending ensemble of grapes and alcohol to finish. Very creamy mouthfeel, tons of bitter roasted malts and touches of chocolate as the beer warms. While not every flavoring is pleasing, its difficult not respect the complexity and palate play that goes with each sip.

Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black, brown around the edges, some initial head.

Smells very roasted, burned wood, coffee, a bit of alcohol.

Roasted flavors dominate this, turning to burned flavors. A bit of black coffee and alcohol in the mix, with some bitterness in there as well. Finishes very dry, too try for me.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth.

Eh, this was nice, but didn't quite live up to its potential. Burned flavor and dry finish ended up dominating this, I felt.

Photo of shivtim
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on thanksgiving.
Poured out into a pint glass. Dark nearly opaque black, with a small but tight light beige head. You can really see the legs on this one. Nose is bourbon and ethanol, with dark chocolate. Alcohol dominates the taste a bit too much, especially on warming. Roasted malts carry the middle. Pretty dry, but good mouthfeel. Overall a bit too alcoholic, and no really distinguishing features. Still a decent RIS, just less than I was expecting.

Photo of shroompod
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rich mocha head with plenty of lacing. Rich dark color.

Faint aroma of chocolate malts.

Dark chocolate and black patent malts lend a sweet/bitter espresso note. Mild hoppiness. Getting some bourbon and woodsy notes on finish.

Mouthfeel is thick , good carbonation.

Overall a nicely done RIS.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small dark brown head. In the aroma, a mixture of roasty coffee and a hint of smokey pork. As in the taste, same as aroma with a small bitter end. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry smokey coffee aftertertaste. Not expecting the smoke, which was a nice touch. Quite big and quite nice.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 16.9 OZ bottle from the glorious HOP CAT of Grand Rapids. A must visit if you are anywhere within an hour or four.

Pours a viscous muddy dirt brown with a healthy head of at least a finger of brown sugar like foam. This beer looks like a champion.

Smell has all sorts of delights buried within. My nose detects some brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, and roasty deliciousness.

Tastes like dark chocolate with the typical amount of bitterness. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors and a roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is bitter and roasty.

Drinkability, as with all NOGNE beers I've had is very high. This brewery is doing great things with great beers.

Photo of Floydster
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about nine dollars, imported via the Shelton Brothers, split with some friends on Friday night, reviewed from notes, also poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter

A-Pretty much black in color but some light going through the top, 3/4 inch creamy light tan head that lasts upwards of five minutes, decent retention, very little lacing
S-Subtle hoppiness, sweetness, mild coffee, roasted malt, yeast, both dark and milk chocolate, and charred wheat
T-This brew was heavily roasted with lots of dark chocolate and coffee, it was also dry with some nice bitterness coming from the Columbus hops, starts off sweeter than it ends, some burned accents at times from the chocolate and rich malt that must have been heavily roasted, flavor is not very powerful but it is balanced with the malt and hops bouncing off one another
M-Lots of carbonation which was one of the only things I did not really like about this beer, medium bodied, roasty, bitter, and rich mouthfeel, taste lingered
D-Would have probably been easy to finish the bottle myself but I do not how much more of that I could have drank afterwards, slightly heavy but smooth, ABV is not too high for an imperial stout and is hidden pretty well

We took the advice written on the bottle and tried this with some vanilla ice cream and it actually worked quite nicely by enhancing the beer's roasted flavors, I have enjoyed the various brews I have tasted from Nogne in Norway, would drink again even though it is a bit expensive, worth trying

Photo of treyrab
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jac5084 for bringing this out at a recent tasting. Poured it into a goblet...

A: Pours a dark brown, pretty much black, but has some brown and copper hues sticking out around the edges. Very little, if any, head on on this one.

S: The smell is very, very light for a RIS. It smells like a brown ale with minor coffee, caramel and malt. I had to stick my nose practically in the beer to get many scents.

T: The taste on this was rather, and surprisingly, good. Usually I like my Imperial Stouts to be heavy, creamy, and viscous, but this was a good change. It is rather light but it does not lack too much flavor. There are flavors of coffee, caramel, and roast, but they are not overpowering.

Overall, this was a good, lighter RIS. Compared to others, this would not hold up, but it does well for what it is.

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a big beige head that displays great persistence and drapes the lace

Smell: Very roasty, with molasses, chocolate and coffee tones; hints of fruit, too

Taste: Surprisingly piney and bitter up front, with the chocolate, molasses and coffee flavors developing by mid-palate, as the bitterness becomes more pronounced; after the swallow, the bitter and smokey flavors dominate, although there is a lingering licorice sweetness that complements the other rich flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A bit on the unbalanced side, but still quite tasty

Photo of tedpeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extra in a trade with gford217. Thanks.

Poured into a New Belqium tulip.

A - Poured black, with a quarter inch mocha head that quickly turned into a wispy layer, w/ring around. Some lacing.

S - Chocolate and malt sweetness.

T - Roasted. Chocolate/Coffee taste. Bitter dry finish.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium to high carbonation.

D - Not balanced, but still good.

Photo of shadow1961
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout pours a stiff finger of brown foam over a deep opaque
black brew. The nose is unsweetened chocolate and burnt espresso. The flavor
is likewise unsweetened chocolate with notes of molasses, espresso, and dark
fruit, with a brisk hop bitterness off the back. If you're sipping this (and you should
be), that bitterness become more modulated and spicy, and the flavors deepen.
Mouthfeel is round yet crisp and cleansing. The alcohol, 9% by volume, is only
apparent as a warming sensation, but there's a fair bit of complexity here for it to
hide in. A fine fine brew for a long cold night!

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have liked the other Nogne brews I have had in the past and this one was true to form as well.Poured into an imperial pint glass a jet black I mean no light showing through,a large two finger dark mocha colored head atop.Alot of complexities in the nose,heavily roasted with underlying smoke and wood,a hint of vanilla and leafy hp as well.Flavors are heavily roasted and quite bitter,a French roast coffee flaor dominates up front along with some real smokey flavors,some bitter chocolate and molasses comes through,finishing earthy,bitter and a little raw.There is some serious use of Columbus hops used in this impy stout,if you like a big stout with some rough edges you will love this,very nice.

Photo of explosivebeer
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours in a thick black viscous way, with a modest light-brown head, and a dense body. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, some alcohol, and a strong graininess to it. The body is thick with chocolate, caramel, malty sweetness, and a generous bitterness as well. It is very good but there is also something acrid about it. I'd like to try it again and see if that same characteristic is still present.

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased 3 months ago (no visible dating) poured into a snifter

A- black body with a finger of sticky coffee colored head that becomes nothing more than a crown pretty quickly

S- sweet roasted malt, milk chocolate, and a little bit of coffee.

T- mildly roasted with more chocolate and coffee than i could smell. very mild hoppy finish thats pretty dry.

M- full bodied and rather thick. maybe too much carbonation.

D- easy to finish the bottle. there are more intresting/more complex stouts out there, but this one keeps me pretty entertained. worth the cost (9$) and makes me wonder what else this brewery has to offer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large bottle to a snifter the liquid is very dark and displays very good carbonation. The head is close to 2 fingers, mocha colored and leave some lace.

The smell is sweet dark roasted malt, notes of fresh coffee.

The taste is very good, this is a very well crafted brew. Yummy Yummy. Black bread coffee and chocolate, dank this is good stuff.

The mouthfeel is good, close to full body and nice carbonation.

The dinkability is very good, this is a must try RIS.

Prosit, MK

Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle on my last trip through Asheville. I was honestly shocked that i had not tried it before. Anyhoo, very nice 600ml bottle was served at cellar temp in a terrapin snifter. Consumed on 09/17/2008.

The pour was deep, dark and black, though I have to admit could have used a bit more of a head. Still though nice, with an opaque bloackness that no light could penetrate. What was there of the head faded fast, but left behind a broken crown, that itself produced no side glass lacing at all.

The aroma was richly smoked, kind of shockingly at first but you quickly became accustomed to it and dove right in. Lots of raosted and smoked malts that really stole the show, with hints of molasses coming in behind, but not nearly coming close to balancing. The flavor was a bit more complex, and to be honest one of the best parts of this beer. Rich notes of peat, smoked malts, and vanilla were all right out in front. A huge malt bill on this one. Some nice chocolate notes as it warmed, with molasses coming though on the tongue, Earthy bitterness finishing it off nicely and briinging the smoked vanilla flavor back for a repeat on the dry but very sweet finish. Smooth medium bodied for a big stout, which is still saying full to begin with. An easy sipper with all but the slightest of alcohol well covered up and quitely reserved.

Overall wow. This was a very tight and very good imperial stout. It was not as good as the dark horizon, but for a year round RIS, any friggin day of the week. I would go out and try this one if you havent. It was well worth it.

Photo of gford217
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt .9oz bottle poured into my new Bells tulip (thanks moshea!).

A: Pours pitch black with a two-finger fluffy mocha head that showed great retention and sheets of lacing - this is a spectacular looking stout.

S: Aroma is dark chocolate malts and roasted coffee with a generous dark fruit smell as well. It's definitely got some milky sweetness and vanilla in there and is generally on the sweeter side of things.

T: Taste follows the smell and has a massive chocolate malt base. There is a sweetness that pervades the taste with dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and a hint of lactose.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with a little carbonation and just coats the palate with dark malts.

D: This is a big, bad impy stout with a lot of flavors but maybe not quite balanced enough to crack the elite ranks. Nonetheless, highly recommended.

Photo of 100floods
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a tulip glass and immediately whatever wasn't pitch black gave way to a dark mocha foam, which went away as quickly as is came.

The aroma lacked the intensity of other big stouts I've had recently, but it probably would have gotten in the way. with the foam gone, the beer yielded sweet, chocolate aromas with a very light roast. Whatever was lacking in the aroma was trapped in the taste, in a good way. All the roast, malt and yeast hits your pallet immediately, but not too strong.

The is a very mellow imperial stout. I don't know how I feel about aging this one, maybe 6 months could make it sweeter. This an easy going strong beer. All the basic elements of an imperial stout are there and there is nothing lacking. This is a great introduction to the style. It's not intimidating, like the Czar. Another success from a great brewery.

Photo of ncvbc
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, black, with a rather healthy tan head that just sticks around, nearly through the entire glass. Smell is good. Big roast scents are present, almost in an overwhelming way. Some good sweetness of chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is just as big on the roast character, if not more. Almost smokey, burnt tasting at times, which I'm not too fond of. Aside from that being at the forefront a little too often, this is solid. Again, the extreme roasty flavors in this brew take from the mouthfeel. It's not as rich or creamy because of this. Pretty drinkable overall and if not for the smoke this beer would be killer.

Photo of everetends
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9oz bottle purchased at Four Winds in P'cola, FL. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Man this is a good start. I pop the bottle and this beer seems to crawl out. Very thick on the pour. This beer is black with ZERO light getting through there. As the beer fills the glass there is no head. Then from the black depths, a slow, dark, mocha head builds up. Lacing is sticky and this beer leave an almost milk like film on the glass except the film is brown. This beer looks great.

S: As soon as you pour this brew, the aroma hits you hard. Alcohol saturates the air, almost bourbon like with a touch of oak coming out. Roasted malts, caramel, lactose, dark coffee, and dark chocolate are all there. This smells great.

T: Taste is of deeply roasted malt, but it is almost perfectly roasted. There is some bitterness coming through, but nothing that is too much. Chocolate and Coffee dominate in the middle. As you finish off the flavor profile, oaky alcohol comes in. This beer is good but it feels like it is missing something.

M: This feels a lot thinner than the pour let on. Almost can feel the water used. After taste is almost non-existant. As this beer warms, the alcohol actually comes across and heats your ass up. When it was cold, there was no hint of alcohol. Just a bit of a let down here as far as the total feel goes.
**edit** After slowy sipping this for a bit longer, I realize I have done this beer a disservice. It is thicker than I initially assumed. Creamy texture that comes through and slowly reaches down your throat. I think it was still just a bit too cold when I finished my review. After sitting with it for another, 20 mins, its much nicer. I must have been high or something.

D: This beer is easy to drink for 9% ABV. The feel is a bit thin, but flavors and aromas make up big time. The look is great. Like with all Impy Stouts, let this bitch warm up. The flavors come out a bit more, and round it out a bit more. The bitterness from the roasted malt settles a bit also with a little warmth. This is a nice beer and my brothers in Norway didn't let me down with a warming brew.

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